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Started by Arnz, October 28, 2015, 19:56:51 PM

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Arnz

Now that the Sector 1 public rail timetable changes is made official.  I would like to post my suggested changes to rail-bus timetabled connections.  The weekday timetable isn't that bad, but does have some gaps.  Weekend timetables are a bit of a mess.

WALL OF TEXT AHEAD (TLDR version: More rail feeders connecting to the majority of services, with 605/615 meeting almost every service where possible).  Replace the 631 with the 630 and split the 631 into two routes

SC Bus Network Map:
http://translink.com.au/sites/default/files/assets/resources/travel-information/network-information/maps/140707-sunshine-coast-network-map.pdf

Draft SC Rail Timetable in 2016 (Post MBRL):
http://translink.com.au/sites/default/files/assets/resources/travel-information/service-updates/mbrl/151001-sunshine-coast-line-draft-timetable.PDF

As I understand TransLink will make timetable adjustments to Caboolture and Sunshine Coast services to ensure buses keep meeting the trains, however I do want to suggest some changes.

605:

Towards Landsborough:
Weekdays: First service leaves Caloundra at 4:55am and meets the second train leaving Landsborough at 5:29am.  From there on in, meets every train service from there on in, until the last service departing Caloundra at 9pm (to meet with the last train leaving Landsborough at 9:36pm).

Weekends: Connects with every train from the first service, with the last connection leaving Caloundra at 9pm (to meet with the train leaving Landsborough at 9:36pm).

From Landsborough:
Weekdays: Connects from first service arriving Landsborough at 7:17am, and meets every train from there on in, with the last connecting service departing Landsborough at 10:05pm for Caloundra.  The last train to connect to the 605 would be the 8:37pm Nambour train from Central.

Weekends: Connects from first service arriving Landsborough at 8:28am, and meets every train till last service.  The last service departs Landsborough at 10:05pm for Caloundra (connecting off the 8:37pm Central to Nambour train).

Investigate at extending most weekday (and also most weekend) 605 services to SCU(P)H (using the existing 600 and 607 alignments).  First services should depart SCUH from 6am onwards with the last services from SCUH arrive/departing around 8pm.  This would also introduce weekend services to the SCU(P)H area for pensioners. (SCRC could fund the extension initially through the PT levy funded by ratepayers).

615:
Towards Landsborough: 
Weekdays: First service leaves Maroochydore at 4:35am and meets the second train leaving Landsborough at 5:29am.  From there on in, meets every train service untill last service departing Maroochydore at 8:40pm (connecting to the last train leaving Landsborough at 9:36pm).

Weekends: Connects with every train from the first service, with the last connection leaving Maroochydore at 8:40pm (to meet with the train leaving Landsborough at 9:36pm).

From Landsborough:
Weekdays: Connects from first service arriving Landsborough at 7:17am, and meets every train from there on in, with the last connecting service departing Landsborough at 11:35pm for a Mon-Thurs short-working 615 to Sippy Downs/University, with Friday night extension to Maroochydore.  The last train to connect to the 615 would be the 10:07pm Nambour train from Central.

Weekends: Connects from first service arriving Landsborough at 8:28am, and meets every train till last service.  The last service departs Landsborough at 10:05pm for Maroochydore (connecting off the 8:37pm Central to Nambour train).

630
Upgrade from peak-only route to the full-time Rail feeder for Noosa residents.  Moving Noosa travellers from the 631 to the 630 saves 20 minutes travel time.

Southbound
Weekdays: First service leaves Noosa Junction station at 5:15am and meets the Roma Street train leaving Nambour at 6:20am.  Second service leaves Noosa Junction station at 6:20 and meets the Roma Street train leaving Nambour at 7:25am.  From there on in, meets most train services (excluding the daytime ex-Gympie North starter) till last service departing Noosa Junction at 8:10pm (connecting to last train departing Nambour at 9:08pm)

Weekends: Meets the majority of trains from first service onwards (excluding the ex-Gympie North starters).  Last service leaves Noosa Junction at 8:10pm (connecting to train departing Nambour at 9:08pm).  Frequency at 90 minutes.

Northbound
Weekdays: Meets the majority of trains from first service onwards (excluding the Gympie North services and the 4:22pm ex-Central departure).  Last service leaves Nambour after 9pm (Last train to connect to the 630 would be the 7:07pm Nambour train from Central).
Weekends: Meets the majority of trains from first service onwards (excluding the Gympie North services). Last service leaves Nambour after 9pm (Last train to connect to the 630 is the 7:07pm Nambour train from Central).  Frequency at 90 minutes.

631
Split the 631.  Nambour to Cooroy following the existing alignment and terminating at Elm Street Cooroy (turning back through the nearby residential streets via Kauri Street and Opal Street).  Connects to the 632 (Noosa to Cooroy/Cooran) at Elm Street.

Coverage of the 631: Nambour to Cooroy (Elm Street)
Southbound
Weekdays: First service leaves Cooroy at 5:23am and meets the Roma Street train leaving Nambour at 6:20am.  Second service leaves Cooroy at 6:28am and meets the Roma Street train leaving Nambour at 7:25am.  From there on in, meets most train services (excluding the daytime ex-Gympie North starter) till last service departing Cooroy at 8:18pm (connecting to last train departing Nambour at 9:08pm)
Weekends: Meets the majority of trains from first service onwards (excluding the ex-Gympie North starters).  Last service leaves Cooroy at 8:18pm (connecting to train departing Nambour at 9:08pm).  Frequency at 90 minutes.

Northbound
Weekdays: Meets the majority of trains from first service onwards (excluding the Gympie North services and the 4:22pm ex-Central departure).  Last service leaves Nambour after 9pm (Last train to connect to the 631 would be the 7:07pm Nambour train from Central).
Weekends: Meets the majority of trains from first service onwards (excluding the Gympie North services). Last service leaves Nambour after 9pm (Last train to connect to the 630 is the 7:07pm Nambour train from Central).  Frequency at 90 minutes.

632
The Noosa to Cooroy part of the 631 is merged into the 632.  Standard frequency of the merged 632 is Hourly between Noosa and Cooroy, 7 days a week, with occasional extensions to Cooran (every 2-3hours).  632 timed to allow connections to/or from the 631 at Elm Street.
Rgds,
Arnz

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